Woods, Mushrooms, a Flower & Wild Edibles

Our woods

Our woods

Today Ron took Sunny and Sheba to the groomer, so I had several hours to myself.  I decided to check out the woods to see what discoveries awaited me.

Some of these photos were taken in the woods.  Some were in the transition area between the woods and our yard.  And some of them are from our yard…. which has plenty of weeds growing in the lawn!  I like it that way!  🙂

Just beautiful!  I think it's a moss of some kind.

Just beautiful! I think it’s a moss of some kind.

Little brown mushrooms.

Little brown mushrooms.

More lbms (little brown mushrooms)

More lbms (little brown mushrooms)

Little white mushrooms.  Not edible.

Little white mushrooms. Not edible.

Berries the birds missed

Berries the birds missed

Greenbrier thorns.  Not fun to walk through!

Greenbrier thorns. Not fun to walk through!

Small greenbrier

Small greenbrier

Lichen

Lichen

Moss on fallen log

Moss on fallen log

A russula, I think

A russula, I think

A periwinkle -- perennial vinca.  One lone bloom was all I found.

A periwinkle — perennial vinca. One lone bloom was all I found.

Bracken.  Last years dead leaves show where edible fiddleheads will come up in spring

Bracken. Last years dead leaves show where edible fiddleheads will come up in spring

Tender, tasty chickweed

Tender, tasty chickweed

Two more edibles --field garlic and henbit

Two more edibles –field garlic and henbit

Wild strawberry leaves make a nutritious tea

Wild strawberry leaves make a nutritious tea

Edible suillus.  Before cooking, peel off the slimy cuticle to avoid digestive upset.  The white flesh is a decent edible.

Edible suillus. Before cooking, peel off the slimy cuticle to avoid digestive upset. The white flesh is a decent edible.

The pore surface of the suillus

The pore surface of the suillus

Just a pretty picture

Just a pretty picture

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10 Comments

  1. Camilla

     /  December 28, 2012

    I wish I could identify what the plants are in my woods! I like weeds in the yard also! I think it makes things interesting to look down and see a variety of plants. I don’t ever take up the leaves as I love the look of all the leaves covering the grass in the fall.

    • Same here, Camilla. I just love the look of a blanket of fallen leaves. My daughter told me once that she felt guilty every time she weeded her yard, because she knew I would consider them all precious wild edibles! 🙂

      I have forgotten so much. When I was actively studying them, I knew the names of hundreds of plants. Now, not so many.

  2. oh how I’d love to walk the woods with you and soak up all your knowledge of nature…loved the periwinkle!

    • I’m not that knowledgeable. Just have learned to recognize a few things and love to know their names!

  3. Sunny

     /  December 29, 2012

    I enjoyed your photos, very informative! I especially love the color, texture, and feel of the lichen.

  4. You had a wonderful walk today in your woods.

  5. I love your new header! And I am quite impressed with your knowledge of plants and mushrooms. It pays to be knowledgable about plants! (On a scale of 1-10, my knowledge of plants is about 0.5!) For years I had no idea we had so much poison ivy around us (we’re in kind of a wooded area). I apparently have been immune but I know that can’t last! Even here in PA in Dec. we had some blue flowers on our myrtle plants, but they are now buried under 8″ of snow. I’m not a happy ‘camper’ (to borrow a phrase), as I am not fond of snow!

    • Glad you noticed the new header. I had to flip the Casita picture so the wording didn’t cover up the dogs’ pictures!

      I am not terribly knowledgeable. On a scale of 1-10, I would rate myself around a 6 or 7 on plants, and maybe a 3 or 4 on mushrooms. I used to actively study. Now I just coast. 🙂

      We have poison ivy all around us, too. The wild strawberries grow intermixed with it. So far, both Ron and I are immune to it, but I stay as far away as possible from it, knowing that it could change, as you said!

      We got snow yesterday, but very little of it stuck. The cold weather plants are still green. You have my sympathy about your snow. 🙂

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